Organization: Genome British Columbia

CDRD spin-off secures seed funding from Quark

Sitka Biopharma, Vancouver, has received a “significant” but unspecified seed investment from Quark Venture to advance its lead compound for treating bladder cancer into clinical trials. Sitka was spun out in 2013 from the Univ of British Columbia and the Centre for Drug Research and Development. CDRD assisted the firm in developing its nanoparticle platform…

Genome BC to boost industry uptake with WD funding

Genome British Columbia has received $715,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to increase the user-pull of relevant genomics technologies by existing companies and organizations, as well as supporting new companies. The funding targets genomics technologies to ensure pest-free wood products and identify the origins of agri-fisheries products by matching industry with academia and addressing…

CIHR spearheads national epigenetics consortium

A select group of Canadian and Japanese stakeholders have pooled $41 million in funding over five years to launch an epigenetics research consortium to examine how environmental factors can alter the expression of DNA. The Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) will receive $28.5 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, augmented…

Genomics-based test for forest pathogens funded

Genome British Columbia and Genome Canada are providing $4.3 million for the development of a DNA-based diagnostic test to detect and monitor pathogens damaging Canadian forests. The Genomics-Based Forest Health Diagnostics and Monitoring project is expected to generate annual economic benefits in the “tens of millions of dollars”. The project is led by Dr Richard…

Genome BC funds 12 strategic projects

Genome British Columbia has announced that 12 projects will receive $3.2 million in seed funding under its Strategic Opportunities Fund (SOF). The 12 projects were selected for their ability to meet program criteria, scientific merit and the potential to impact the province in the areas of human health, forestry, fisheries, bioenergy, agriculture, mining and the…

Agencies fund collaborative microbiome research

Federal, provincial and not-for-profit research funding agencies are collaborating to provide $15.4 million to support microbiome research to develop new detection methods and treatment options for several chronic diseases. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is providing $10 million with the remaining $1.4 million coming from Genome British Columbia, Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Crohn’s…

Genome researchers tackle mountain pine beetle

Genome British Columbia and Genome Alberta are providing $4 million for an initial two-year study into the mountain pine beetle, the fungal pathogen it carries and pine trees. Led by Dr Joerg Bohlmann (Univ of British Columbia) and Dr Janice Cooke (Univ of Alberta), the project is expected to expand after the first phase with…

UBC team sequences and annotates bacterial genome

An international research team led by three microbiologists from the Univ of British Columbia (UBC) has completed and annotated the largest bacterial genome in history. It is the first bacterial genome to be entirely sequenced and annotated in Canada. The three researchers — Drs Lindsay Eltis, William Mohn and Julian Davies — conducted their research…